William F. Meinecke, Jr., PhD
Dr. William Meinecke is a historian for the Museum’s leadership development programs and is the author of Nazi Ideology and the Holocaust, published by the Museum in 2007. He joined the Museum’s staff in 1992 to help create the Historical Atlas of the Holocaust and a multimedia learning site for students. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he also attended the Universities of Bonn and Berlin in Germany and received an MA and a PhD in history from the University of Maryland at College Park. His dissertation is titled “Conflicting Loyalties: The Supreme Court in Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1945.”
Bridget Weisenreder is the program assistant for the Civic and Defense Initiatives and Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives branches of Leadership Programs, where she provides administrative and programmatic support for activities across the division. Prior to joining the Leadership Programs team, Bridget worked in the refugee resettlement field and volunteered at the Museum on weekends. She received a BA in International Studies - Peace and Conflict Resolution with minors in History and French from American University.
Law Enforcement and Judiciary Programs and Student Leadership Programs
Marcus Appelbaum is the director of Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives and acting director of Youth and Community Initiatives. The Law, Justice, and Society programs provide training for law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, and state and federal judges on the role of their profession in safeguarding democracy. To date, Appelbaum has created and facilitated training models for more than 150,000 law enforcement and judicial professionals across the nation. Additionally he recently began managing all youth programs, including tour guide training, summer internships, and partnerships with DC metropolitan area schools. He received his undergraduate degree in history from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his master’s degree in museum management from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. His association with the Museum began in 1997, when he completed a high school student internship. Since then, he has served as a docent, compiled survivor testimonies, and represented the Museum at conferences locally and internationally. Appelbaum’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, inspired his passionate support of the Museum’s mission and the work he does to share the lessons of this history to our society today.
Law Enforcement and Judiciary Programs
Sarah Reza is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, facilitating leadership training for law enforcement officers, judges, and attorneys. Sarah is responsible for building and maintaining program partnerships, expanding program outreach to new locations, and managing program training and resource development. Previously she worked as a Museum visitor services representative and has contributed to several institution-wide projects, including evaluations, outreach, and planning. Prior to coming to the Museum, she worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She received a BA in film studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA in museum studies from The George Washington University.
Ann O’Rourke is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, facilitating leadership programs for law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary. She also manages the development of program resources, including translations of historical legal documents, creation of a trainer’s manual for the “Law Enforcement and Society” program, and a banner exhibition on the Holocaust used in off-site judicial programs. Previously she worked in the Museum’s Division of the Senior Historian, helping develop content for Museum programming, serving as a docent, and responding to public inquiries about Holocaust history. She received a BA in history and theology from the University of Notre Dame and spent a year on a Fulbright scholarship to the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria, where she completed a diploma (a one-year post-graduate program) in international studies. Ann also holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.
Russell Garnett is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, facilitating programs for local, national, and federal law enforcement agencies, both in-service and recruit. Previously he worked as a program coordinator for the Museum’s Youth and Community Initiatives, facilitating the Bringing the Lessons Home Program and the National Youth Leadership Seminar. Russell is a native of Washington, DC, and first joined the Museum as a high school student in 1997 as an intern for the Bringing the Lessons Home Program and joined the museum staff to work full-time in 2002.
Student Leadership Programs
Rebecca Dupas is a coordinator for the Museum’s Youth and Community Initiatives. After teaching in the public school system for many years, Rebecca joined the Museum’s staff in 2012 where she worked to engage young people in the history of the Holocaust through the Bringing the Lessons Home Program. Additionally, Rebecca leads the Museum's Docent Training Course for Museum staff and volunteers and facilitates programs for educators and emerging adult audiences that explore individual choice and failures that lead to the Holocaust. Rebecca is a Ph.D. candidate in Adult Education at Capella University. Her dissertation focuses on contributions of diversity training in American classrooms.
A native of Washington, DC, James Fleming first visited the Museum as a senior attending H.D. Woodson High School. He became a Bringing the Lessons Home Youth Ambassador in 1994 and returned each summer during college to volunteer at the Museum. After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2002, he came to work full-time for the Museum. He is currently a Program Coordinator for the Youth and Community Initiatives Branch of the Leadership Programs Division. James Fleming coordinates both the Museum’s Bringing the Lessons Home Program, Stephen Tyrone Johns Summer Youth Leadership Program, and manages the "Field Trip Experience" component of the DCPS World History II Cornerstone Initiative. From 2003 through 2016, James managed the Museum's annual training of the Permanent Exhibition for volunteers, interns and staff. From youth ambassador to Museum staff, James’ affiliation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has lasted for approximately 24 years.
Military and Federal Executive Programs
Jennifer Ciardelli directs the Civic and Defense Initiatives where she oversees programming and resource creation for military (US and abroad) and government professionals. Examining the Holocaust prompts critical thinking about decision-making in complex environments, professional responsibility, and mass atrocities prevention. Jennifer serves on the United States delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) where she chaired the Education Working Group in 2017. Jennifer’s work also includes global outreach which engages educational stakeholders from around the world. Previously, Jennifer taught high school social studies as well as workshops for graduate students. Jennifer holds degrees in History and English and a Master's degree in Education.
Amanda Rooney Stierli
Amanda Rooney Stierli is a senior program coordinator for the Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives, where she creates and facilitates programs for military and government officials, conducts research to support program development, and develops program resources. Previously she worked for the Museum on teacher education and special programs, traveling exhibitions, and in the Center for the Prevention of Genocide. She received a BA in history with a minor in sociology from Thiel College in 2007 and two MAs, in history and in Russian and East European studies, from Florida State University in 2010.
Kristin Levere is a program coordinator for the Museum's Civic and Defense Initiatives, where she helps to develop and implement programs and materials for military and government officials. Previously, she worked for the Museum's Education Initiatives division, where she helped create an online exhibition, educational resources, and conducted in-depth research for the Americans and the Holocaust exhibition, and served as a research assistant in the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, studying the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica. She received a BA in International Affairs and Women's and Gender Studies from Marquette University, and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.